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Teacher Professional Development

 

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Building a Schoolyard Garden

 

Learn how to create a simple vegetable garden in your schoolyard (in the ground or in containers) and ways to incorporate the garden into your classroom curriculum. Learn tips on gardening, discover plants that you can plant in spring or fall and harvest before school ends or it gets cold, and get ideas on how your garden can be incorporated into your reading, writing, math, science and social studies time.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-6th grade teachers, however, the information on planting a vegetable garden is applicable to all grade levels.

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

Nature Play and Exploration for Early Childhood Classrooms with Project Learning Tree

Learn how to integrate environmental education into your early childhood classroom on a daily basis using Project Learning Tree’s early childhood curriculum; Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Education. Take an in-depth, hands-on look at the Project Learning Tree curriculum and discover how to provide environmental experiences for young children through literature, music, art, and movement. Take a tour of the Mordecai Children’s Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens and learn how to create natural play and exploration spaces in your schoolyard and classroom.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-K teachers

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic in the Garden

 

Learn how to use your garden or classroom plants to teach a variety of subjects. Get easy to implement ideas on how to teach your content area requirements using plants and gardens. We’ll explore a variety of activities that provide hands-on learning opportunities for students to learn math, reading, writing and social studies.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-6th grade teachers

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

Teaching Plants from Root to Seed

 

There’s more to plants than bean seeds! Come learn fun, unique ways to teach plant structure and function. Explore what each part of the plant does through hands-on activities that you can easily transfer to your classroom. Concepts such as photosynthesis, transpiration and pollination will also be covered.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for 2nd-12th grade teachers.

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35.

 

The Growing Classroom - how to successfully grow plants in your classroom

 

Classrooms are often hot, dry and have little to no natural light - all conditions not suitable for growing plants. But with a little know-how, even the darkest, coldest and driest of classrooms can be green and lush year-round. Learn techniques and tips for successfully growing plants in your classroom and take home a variety of plants you planted yourself.

 

The activities covered in this class are appropriate for PreK-12th grade teachers

 

A 30 minute lunch break will be provided. You may either bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch from Offshoots Cafe. Participants should be prepared to spend time outdoors.

 

One-half semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $35 (payable by check only).

 

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